QUINCY (WGEM) -- The city of Quincy is getting ready to appoint a new fire chief as current Chief Joe Henning prepares for retirement.
Chief Henning has been with QFD since 1993 and he was appointed Chief in 2009.
Henning said the police and fire commission are on the hunt for next fire chief.
"They've engaged the Illinois Fire Chief Association to help find the next chief. Something that is new and different this time around is never in the history of the department have they opened it up to external candidates," Henning said.
"They are doing that this time there was an ordinance change about three, four years ago that allowed them to do that. It doesn't mean internal candidates aren't considered but they are allowing the external candidates."
Henning said his next venture will be teaching full-time at Western Illinois University as a fire science instructor.
Henning said the department will have a special place in his heart.
"it's been a good run here. We've got a lot of things done it's been a team effort and I'm just one member of that team. So my departure here should not change a whole lot of anything," Henning said.
"Obviously a new leader comes in with a new vision but pretty much the same team is in place. So our firefighters are going to do the best job they can for the citizens of Quincy."
Henning said his retirement will go into effect July 15 and he feels the department will be in good hands.